Humane society of Southern Wisconsin nears funding goal

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Photo provided Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin Adoption Counselor Faith Stephens holds Mackenzie the cat. The Society has an overflow of cats this year.

JANESVILLE - The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin is urging the community to remember its furry friends this holiday season. It has about little more than $1 million left on its capital campaign with hopes to break ground at the site of its new facilities at 4700 South County G in March or April.

The goal is to be moved to the 44 acre property by the end of the 2020. The total cost of the new shelter facility has been estimated at $4.6 million.

"We would love to have our million plus in by then," said Executive Director Mike McManus.

McManus said the Society received its Department of Natural Resources (DNR) permits and fulfilled other requirements in late October, but had to postpone excavation until the spring due to snow.

The site is plotted and flagged for the new building and driveway.

"We are ready to go," McManus said.

Thanks to the Society's many community presentations, McManus said many holiday donations have been streaming in, with close to $200,000 in donations coming in the last few weeks alone with more anticipated before the end of the year.

McManus reminded the public to consider its upcoming fundraising festivities such as the photos with Santa event at K&W Greenery, 1328 US-14, in Janesville from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Dec. 7. The cost is $20 for a picture with Santa which can include pets.

On Thursday, Dec. 12, the public is invited to Mutts and Martinis. The cost is $30 in advance and $40 at door at The Beloit Club. The event runs from 6 - 9 p.m.

McManus also noted there are plenty of naming opportunities remaining such as dog runs in the kennels and cat areas.

McManus said veterinarians are continuing to do surgery in the box truck behind the current building in Janesville and staff is eager to move to the new facility.

"All in all we are headed in the right direction, but we can still use the public to help," he said.

McManus noted the Society is getting close to its 110th anniversary, as it started operations on Christmas Eve of 1910. It originally operated out of people's homes and was started during a rabies epidemic when lots of wild cats and dogs were roaming around.

McManus said 2019 was a great year for high adoption and low euthanasia rates.

"We are adopting out at a good rate and finding the right homes," McManus said.

However, the cat population was explosive. As of December, the Society was still getting kittens.

"We have 80 cats in foster care that can't fit in the shelter," McManus said.

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